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The Ironclad Origin Story

Ironclad began, like all good things, with food.

Our founders, Levi and Kate, inherited a collection of remarkable cookware from Levi's grandmother, Lily Slavin. More than just pots and pans, these heirlooms – some passed down from Lily's own grandmother in Russia – were imbued with the essence of Lily’s kitchen. A place where family recipes were shared, laughter echoed, memories were made, and childhoods were magical.

Inspired by this legacy, Levi and Kate envisioned crafting cookware that would not only endure for generations but also become a vessel for your own family's traditions and stories. 

Together with friends Joe (a passionate environmentalist) and Felicity (a wonderful chef) the team set out to craft heirloom-quality cookware that could be passed down through generations, just as Lily's had been.

This vision became the heart of Ironclad, a company dedicated to:

  • Honouring the past: By crafting heirloom-quality cast iron cookware using time-tested techniques. We believe in the enduring value of well-made tools that can be passed down through generations.
  • Empowering the present: By designing versatile, high-performance pans that elevate your cooking experience and inspire creativity in the kitchen. We want to make cooking a joy, not a chore.
  • Nurturing the future: By preserving the art of cooking for future generations, we are committed to a healthier planet, healthier people, and a more equitable food system.

Each Ironclad pan is meticulously handcrafted, ensuring that each one meets our rigorous standards for quality, durability, and beauty.

We've also created a digital recipe vault where you can preserve and share your cherished family recipes, connecting with a community of passionate home cooks and outdoor chefs. Because we know that the most delicious meals are often the ones steeped in tradition and shared with loved ones.

From day one, we've believed in the power of community. That's why we invited Lennox Hastie, Peter Gordon, Al Brown, and over 260 customers to become co-owners of Ironclad. Together, we design our products to be in use for generations, with the people who will be using them.

We invite you to experience the difference of cooking with Ironclad. Discover our collection of heirloom-quality cast iron cookware and start creating your own family traditions.

Share your culinary adventures with us on social media using #IroncladCooking, and let's inspire each other to create meals that will be remembered for years to come.

We were looking to emulate a trusty cast iron skillet that has been in the family for many years (that pan lives at a different address to us) and the Ironclad Pan has done just that! We love it and use it every day, it's getting better and better with use, and we will be purchasing the smaller size pan to complete the set. I should have just bought both at the same time!

Kate B.